Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

How To Protect Yourself From December’s Perfect Viral Storm

And Protecting Yourself From Paxlovid Myths As Well

Robin Schoenthaler, MD
5 min readDec 5, 2022


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, empty shelves and all. Photo by RS.

I’m a Boston-based cancer doctor and I’ve been writing weekly fact-based-no-blame-no-rumors-all-science-all-the-time essays about Covid-19 since March 2020. If you liked this and some of my other essays below, you can support both Medium and me here

What’s happening now with Covid:

We are again seeing a “Thanksgiving-as-super-spreader” small surge (I’ve heard of entire families testing positive by Sunday afternoon!), but nothing like last year.

There are a few changes: one is the Covid daily death rate, now “down” to ~250 compared to ~2500 at our worst.

Another important change in the death statistics: the vast majority of deaths now are in the “elderly elderly,” sometimes defined as over 85 (my personal definition is “much older than me”).

A huge change this month is that the newer Omicron variants changed just enough that they “out-grew” some of our best drugs so now most old monoclonal antibodies no longer work against Covid.

Included in this sad list is the excellent antibody bebtelovimab and the preventative…



Robin Schoenthaler, MD

Covid-Translator. Cancer doc: ~Three decades at MGH. Writer and storyteller: Moth Grand Slam Champion. Mom. www.DrRobin.org, @robinshome, robinshome2@gmail.com